Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Matano Goryôji, from the series Actors as the 108 Shuihuzhuan Heroes (Haiyû Suikoden gôketsu ippyakuhachinin no hitori)

「俳優 水滸伝豪傑一百八人之一個」「俣野五良ニ扮図 中村歌右衛門 成駒屋 翫雀」(四代目中村歌右衛門)

Japanese
Edo period
1838 (Tenpô 9), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.7 x 25.6 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21992

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

四代目中村歌右衛門の江戸下りは天保9年3月。画中の役名から出版年が特定できるヵ。「勢は南山の猛虎にひとしく名は呉竹の世々に高し忍びの術は石川五右衛門にあらはし曲者万里の小路より身を捻梅の難波まで鐺がへしに大江戸へ押戻したる一個の英雄黒旋風が李達量も腕におぼへの生且忍浄」

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga
香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection